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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease in 52 y.o. female for over 6 weeks!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 24, 2011
  • 11:09 PM

I was diagnosed by three doctors with Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) over six weeks ago. When I first went in to my dermatologist, I had three blisters on the sole of my left foot, a couple of blisters on the palms of my hands, and a sore throat. She burned the blisters with liquid nitrogen and gave me topical steroid ointments. The sores multiplied over the entire soles of my feet - itchy and painful. The bottoms of my feet swelled to the point that I can barely walk. I've been to two other doctors since then (my G.P. and an internist) who gave me the same diagnosis. About a week ago (five weeks into this), I developed severe flu-like symptoms and new blisters started appearing all over my arms, stomach, and back. I went back to the dermatologist, who had no explanation, just prescribed a different topical ointment and burned what now amount to dozens of large lesions that have clumped together. My thumbnails also developed red swollen knots at the cuticle, and now my thumbnails are falling off. Here's my question .... has anyone else had this disease last this long? Anyone else have the lesions spread over their entire body and had fingernails fall off? I am concerned that I have received an incorrect dx and may be missing something more serious. Thanks for any replies!

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